14 days in Nagano Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture & Tokyo Itinerary

14 days in Nagano Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture & Tokyo Itinerary

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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Nagano
— 3 nights
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Matsushima-machi
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Matsumoto

— 1 night
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stop by Hanakomichi, then get into the urban bustle at Nakamachi Kurassic-kan, then don't miss a visit to Fukashi Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkyuin Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto travel route planning app.

Kyoto to Matsumoto is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Matsumoto, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Nagano

— 3 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
For shopping fun, head to Yawataya Isogoro Honten or Farmers Market Oranche. Take a break from the city and head to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Shigakogen Plateau. Get out of town with these interesting Nagano side-trips: Joko-ji Temple (in Obuse-machi), Kijimadaira Ski Resort (in Kijimadaira-mura) and Yamanouchi-machi (Ryuoo Mountain Park, Jigokudani Funsen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple and contemplate the long history of Matsushiro.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano trip website.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. March in Nagano sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi

— 3 nights
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Mutouya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanrantei, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Ogi Valley. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiwahiko Shrine, sample the tasty concoctions at Urakasumijyozomotosaura, kick back and relax at Tsukihama Beach, then take in the views from Sukashi Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Godaido.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Matsushima-machi tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Nagano to Matsushima-machi by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagano in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Matsushima-machi, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Hozomon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chidorigafuchi and Sengaku-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Matsushima-machi to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Matsushima-machi in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. On the 9th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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Miyagi Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Miyagi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. The capital is Sendai.

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